How to Apply to Graduate Programs
Applying for graduate programs
Our application process is simple and straightforward. Follow the instructions below to be considered for admission to graduate programs at UArts. If you have questions throughout the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
You've already taken the first step.
Now that you've decided to further your education, follow these steps to complete the application process.
- Submit Academic Requirements
- Resume and Letters of Recommendation
- Portfolio & Audition Requirements
Ready to submit your application? We offer online and traditional applications. Follow the link to submit an online application, or download and print a paper copy to mail to our admissions office. The Office of Admissions does not process applications unless accompanied by the non-refundable application fee of $60 (check or money order) or a fee waiver request.
While we have a rolling admissions process, enrollment timelines for graduate programs vary by program.
Spring Enrollment: MAT Visual Arts Education, MAT Music Education, MM Jazz Studies, DP Jazz Studies, Post-Baccalaureate in Crafts Studio
Summer Enrollment: MFA Studio Art
Fall Enrollment: MA Museum Communication, MA Museum Education, MAT Visual Arts Education, MDes Design for Social Impact, MDes Product Design, MFA Book Arts + Printmaking, MFA Museum Exhibition Planning + Design, MAT Music Education, MM Jazz Studies, DP Jazz Studies, Post-Baccalaureate in Crafts Studio, MFA Devised Performance, GC Devised Performance
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Our Admissions team carefully reviews each application on an individual basis and considers applicants based on their unique experiences and accomplishments within their academic program of study. We require all applicants submit official transcripts from prior undergraduate and graduate schools attended. GRE scores are encouraged, but not required, for all programs.
All applicants to graduate programs at UArts should supply three letters of recommendation and a resume/CV detailing your academic and professional experiences and accomplishments related to your chosen area of study.
Submitting Letters of Recommendation: All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. At least two of these must come from professors in your field or professional in this major area who are familiar with your capabilities and credentials. The third recommendation could be from a colleague, collaborator or a peer who is familiar with your work and can speak about your qualities in your chosen field of study.
Letters of recommendation may be digitally requested by providing the contact details of three recommenders when you complete your online application, or may be sent to our office by mail or email.
Office of Admissions
The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Applying to our graduate and post-baccalaureate programs may require submission of your portfolio, a writing sample or an in-person audition. Find out more about requirements for your area of study.
- Visual Arts Portfolio
- Museum Studies Portfolio
- Music Audition
- Theater/Devised Performance Audition
- Industrial Design Portfolio